Fiddle and piccolo, Ed Geoghean - piano, Brunswick 68002. Old Man Dillon was better known from James Morrison and PJ Conlon's recording. Tom Kerrigan was a Leitrim piper who emigrated to New York City, where he ran a public house featuring his piping backed up by a piano player, and waiters who could dance a step or sing if called upon. Kerrigan gave lodgings to the Taylor Brothers, pipemakers from Drogheda, who developed the high volume pipes in concert pitch, as distinct from the older, quieter flat pitch pipes. Kerrigan was their first customer upon their arrival in America; they shortly thereafter set up shop in Philadelphia. This tune is now known as the Kesh Jig.
Absoultely love this selection, probably my all-time favourite! Heard it years ago and it really struck a chord. Love the contrast between Coleman's smooth legato and the piccolo's staccato. Coleman's note-shaping/bending on the C-naturals in Old Man Dillon is class. Magic stuff!
November 11, 2007 Subject:
The Kesh Jig
"Kerrigan's Fancy" is better known today as "The Kesh Jig." Coleman and Finlay start on the "turn" rather than the usual first part of this tune, probably to make a better contrast with "Old Man Dillon." This is one of few Coleman sides never reissued on any cassette, LP or CD collection.